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USA Baseball Announces Premier12 Staff Changes

Three-time World Series champion Scott Brosius will now serve as the team's manager
October 16, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced changes to its World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ coaching staff on Wednesday. Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball.
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced changes to its World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ coaching staff on Wednesday. Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball. Three-time World Series champion, two-time USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and current USA Baseball Senior Director of Player Development Scott Brosius will now serve as the team's manager.
"We are grateful that Joe was a part of Team USA and we appreciate the time and preparation he dedicated to our endeavor of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "On behalf of the organization, we wish him the best of luck as he seeks a manager position in Major League Baseball.
"Scott Brosius is respected across the baseball industry for his time as both a player and a coach. He possesses a tremendous resume and we are proud to have him step in and lead us in the Premier12 tournament. From top to bottom, the coaching staff we assembled boasts a wealth of international playing and coaching experience, and we are confident in their ability to help us achieve the goals we have collectively set for this team."
With Brosius taking the reins as manager, Willie Randolph will now serve as the bench coach for the team and Ernie Young will move from coaching first base to third base.
"It is a tremendous honor to be named the manager for the USA Baseball Premier12 team and I am pleased that my first act in this role is to welcome Anthony Sanders to our coaching staff," said Brosius. "Anthony comes highly recommended by his peers and we are thrilled to have him join the team. He will provide a unique perspective to this team having won a gold medal as a player with Team USA at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, as well as having coached at the international level in this very event four years ago."
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games gold medalist Anthony Sanders (pictured) will join the staff and take over the coaching duties at first base. Sanders, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA during the 2015 WBSC Premier12™, is currently the outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Colorado Rockies' minor league staff. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners before making his coaching debut as a hitting coach with the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Rockies' farm system in 2007. After four seasons as a hitting coach, Sanders was named the manager of the Grand Junction Rockies in 2013, where he spent three seasons and was named the 2014 Pioneer League Manager of the Year.
USA Baseball announced its 28-man roster last week that will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.
The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.
The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12™.
For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Premier12™, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Fifty-five USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

Dodgers lead all clubs with eight alums on 26-man roster
October 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Fifty-five Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday. There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-five Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday.

There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants each boast seven players who previously donned the stars and stripes on their roster.

The list features 30 gold medalists, including 10 members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal-winning team.

Twenty alumni were on rosters for the American League and National League Wild Card games, which took place on October 5 and 6. The Divisional Series began on Thursday and continues on Friday, with all four divisional round games set to take place.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the 2021 postseason is as follows:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • (Name; National Team)
  • Ian Anderson; 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud; 2011 Pro
  • Freddie Freeman; 2005 16U, 2006 18U
  • AJ Minter; 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly; 2011 Pro, 2017 WBC
  • Dansby Swanson; 2014 Collegiate

 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Christian Arroyo; 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes; 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec; 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Pro
  • Jarren Duran; 2021 Pro
  • Tanner Houck; 2015, 2016 Collegiate, 2019 Pro
  • Kyle Schwarber; 2013 Collegiate
  • Alex Verdugo; 2010 14U

 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Zack Collins; 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal; 2009 Collegiate
  • Craig Kimbrel; 2013 WBC
  • Lance Lynn; 2007 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon; 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn; 2013 15U, 2017, 2018 Collegiate, 2019 Pro

 

  • Houston Astros
  • Alex Bregman; 2010 16U, 2011 18U, 2013, 2014 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Jason Castro; 2009 Pro
  • Lance McCullers; 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker; 2012 15U

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Walker Buehler; 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly; 2007 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel; 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock; 2011 Pro
  • David Price; 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Max Scherzer; 2005 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager; 2010 16U
  • Trea Turner; 2012, 2013 Collegiate

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.; 2010 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader; 2015 Pro
  • Kolten Wong; 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich; 2017 WBC

 

  • New York Yankees
  • Gerrit Cole; 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo; 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton; 2013, 2017 WBC

 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Kris Bryant; 2012 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford; 2006 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Alex Dickerson; 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman; 2009 18U, 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria; 2007 Pro, 2009 WBC
  • Jake McGee; 2017 WBC
  • Buster Posey; 2004 18U, 2017 WBC

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nolan Arenado; 2017 WBC
  • Jack Flaherty; 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt; 2017 WBC
  • Andrew Miller; 2017 WBC

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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Team USA Brings Home Silver From Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

August 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 JPN 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 X 2 8 0 WP: Masato Morishita (2-0)  |  LP: Nick Martinez (1-1) |  S: Ryoji KuribayashiBOX SCORE | 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
JPN 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 X 2 8 0
WP: Masato Morishita (2-0)  |  LPNick Martinez (1-1) |  S: Ryoji Kuribayashi
BOX SCOREPLAYSSTATS

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The U.S. fell short in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, leaving nine runners on base in a 2-0 loss to host Japan at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Team USA finished the tournament with a 4-2 record and brought home the silver medal.

Four members of Team USA were named to the All-Olympic Team following Tokyo 2020, including second baseman Eddy Alvarez, designated hitter Tyler Austin, first baseman Triston Casas, and left-handed pitcher Anthony Gose. In addition to the four All-World honorees, Nick Allen earned the award for Best Defensive Player in the tournament.

Team USA got runners on base in seven innings on Saturday but could not corral the timely hit. Trailing 1-0 after a solo home run by Munetaka Murakami in the third inning, the U.S. threatened in the fifth with a two-out single by Allen and a Jack Lopez hit-by-pitch. But Japan would escape the two-out jam, which became the story of the night. 

Austin led off the sixth inning with a walk, but Japan quickly retired Casas and Todd Frazier. Eric Filia was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Japan forced a foul-out to the catcher to keep the U.S. scoreless. In the seventh, Allen laced a one-out double to left-center to put a runner in scoring position, but back-to-back groundouts on only three pitches stranded him on base.

U.S. starting pitcher Nick Martinez and reliever Ryder Ryan kept the Japan offense to its lone run to this point in the game; however, a defensive miscue would add an insurance run to the home team’s lead in the eighth. A leadoff single to right field preceded a sacrifice bunt to put a runner in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the inning on reliever Scott McGough. Masataka Yoshida followed with a single to center that kept the runner at third base, but an errant throw from Lopez to home plate allowed Tetsuto Yamada to cross the plate, extending Japan’s lead to 2-0.

Down to its final out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Allen picked up his third hit of the night with a single to right-field in an attempt to rally; but, Japan forced a fielder’s choice groundout to second base on the very next pitch to end the game and claim the gold.

Martinez (1-1) had a strong outing for the U.S., keeping Japan to just one run in the gold medal game. He finished with seven strikeouts and gave up five hits and one run in six innings of work in the loss. Ryan came on in the seventh and struck out a batter in his one inning of relief, and McGough gave up an unearned run on a walk and two hits in the eighth inning. Masato Morishita earned the win for Japan while Ryoji Kuribayashi got the save.

Allen accounted for half the Team USA offense on the night, finishing 3-for-4 with a double. Alvarez (1-for-4), Austin (1-for-3), and Filia (1-for-3) were the only other U.S. players to tally a hit on the evening.

Austin was the lone member of Team USA to get a hit in every game of the Olympic Games tournament, finishing with a team-leading .417 batting average. Casas finished the tournament leading the entire field in RBIs (8) and tied for the most home runs (3).

After winning the silver medal, Alvarez became just the sixth athlete all-time to win an Olympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. He is the third American athlete to do so, following Eddie Egan (1920, 1932) and Lauryn Williams (2004, 2012, 2014).

The silver medal was Team USA’s second in its Olympic history, following a silver medal in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games when baseball was a demonstration sport. USA Baseball now claims six Olympic medals in its history: two gold (1988*, 2000), two silver (1984*, 2020), and two bronze (1996, 2008).

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Team USA Faces Host Japan in Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal Game

August 7, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live (NBCSN) YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (4-1) and Japan (4-0) will go head-to-head in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Saturday evening at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3
Game NotesMedia Guide  |  Live StatsWatch Live (NBCSN)

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (4-1) and Japan (4-0) will go head-to-head in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Saturday evening at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network. Nick Martinez (1-0) will get the ball for the stars and stripes.

This is the U.S.’s first appearance in an Olympic Games gold medal game since September 27, 2000, when Ben Sheets pitched a complete-game shutout to defeat the two-time defending champions, Cuba, 4-0 in the finale. It was the second Olympic gold medal in USA Baseball history after also winning the baseball tournament in the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games when it was still a demonstration sport.

Japan and the U.S. have a history in the Olympic finale, having faced each other in the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games with a gold medal on the line. Japan defeated Team USA 6-3 to claim gold in 1984, but the U.S. won gold in 1988 with a 5-3 victory.

Since baseball became an official sport on the Olympic Programme, the U.S. and Japan have faced each other two times in a medal-round game in the Olympics, splitting the two matchups. Japan defeated Team USA 8-3 in the bronze medal game of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and Team USA won the bronze in Beijing 2008, beating Japan 8-4.

Martinez will get the start for the red, white, and blue after setting the tone for the U.S. pitching staff on a record-tying night against Korea in the opening round. He struck out nine batters in 5.0 innings, giving up four hits and one run, as the Team USA pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters–the most in an Olympic Games since July 28, 1992, against Italy.

Japan will turn to Masato Morishita and face a lineup featuring Tyler Austin and Triston Casas, who lead the tournament in slugging percentage (.857) and home runs (3), respectively. Austin has gotten a hit in all five games of the Olympic baseball tournament playing in his home stadium and Casas has also reached base safely in all five contests, tallying hits in four games.

Saturday’s game will serve as a rematch of the quarterfinals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games when Japan walked off the U.S., 7-6, in an extra-inning matchup. Team USA trailed 2-0 but eventually took a 6-3 lead on a Casas three-run, opposite-field home run. The stars and stripes’ bullpen struggled in the loss, allowing Japan to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. 

Regardless of the outcome, the U.S. will win its sixth Olympic medal for baseball, and its fourth as an official sport on the Olympic Programme. 

Gold: 1988*, 2000
Silver: 1984*
Bronze: 1996, 2008

Additionally, with Team USA securing an Olympic medal in 2020, Eddy Alvarez will become just the sixth athlete all-time to win an Olympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. He will be the third American athlete to do so, following Eddie Egan (1920, 1932) and Lauryn Williams (2004, 2012, 2014).

The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

Followers are encouraged to use the official hashtag of USA Baseball, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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U.S. Advances to Gold Medal Game With 7-2 Victory Over Korea

August 5, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E KOR  0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 0 USA 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 X 7 9 1 WP: Ryder Ryan (1-0)  |  LP: Euilee Lee |  S: N/ABOX SCORE |  PLAYS | 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KOR  0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
USA 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 X 7 9 1
WP: Ryder Ryan (1-0)  |  LP: Euilee Lee |  S: N/A
BOX SCORE |  PLAYS |  STATS

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA manufactured a five-run sixth inning and got a solo home run from Jamie Westbrook to advance to the gold medal game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 following a 7-2 victory over Korea in the semifinals at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Thursday.

Saturday’s final will be the fourth time the U.S. will play in an Olympic gold medal game in its history (1984*, 1988*, 2000), having won the gold in the 1988 Seoul* and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Nick Martinez will start for the stars and stripes in the finale, which will begin at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. 

Additionally, with Team USA securing a spot in the gold medal game, Eddy Alvarez will become just the sixth athlete all-time to win an Olympic medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. He will be the third American athlete to do so, following Eddie Egan (1920, 1932) and Lauryn Williams (2004, 2012, 2014).

The U.S. took an early lead in the contest in the bottom of the second inning off Korea starter Euilee Lee. Mark Kolozsvary got on base with a one-out walk and advanced to second on a stolen base. Two batters later, Jack Lopez picked up his first knock of the tournament, sending an RBI-single to center field to put the red, white, and blue ahead 1-0.

Team USA would double its lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to Westbrook. With two outs in the bottom half of the frame, Westbrook launched the first pitch of the at-bat into the second level of the left-field stands, squeezing just past the foul pole to go up 2-0. 

An RBI-single in the fifth inning allowed Korea to scratch its first run across the plate and forced the U.S. to its bullpen. Ryder Ryan came on in relief of starter Joe Ryan with runners on first and second and one out, and he immediately induced a 4-6-3 double play to escape the jam and keep the narrow 2-1 lead in favor of the stars and stripes. 

Todd Frazier kickstarted the U.S. offense in the bottom half of the sixth, coming out the winning end of a 12-pitch battle with reliever Wonjoon Choi to put a runner on first base to lead off the inning. Westbrook followed with his second hit of the game to put runners on the corners with one out and Kolozsvary coming to the plate. He followed with an RBI-single through the left side to score Frazier and put the red, white, and blue up 3-1.

A walk to Nick Allen extended the inning, loading the bases with one out and forcing Korea to call on its fourth pitcher of the inning. Lopez then smacked the first pitch he saw from Songwoo Cho to left field for an RBI-single. Alvarez tallied an RBI on a hard groundout to first base to follow Lopez, and Tyler Austin came through with a clutch two-RBI single to center to push the U.S. ahead 7-1 heading into the seventh inning.

With Scott McGough on the bump for the U.S., Korea plated its second run of the game on an RBI-single, bringing the score to 7-2. But that was all the Korea offense could muster as Anthony Gose and Anthony Carter would combine to retire the last eight consecutive batters of the game, securing the victory and gold medal-game berth for Team USA.

Joe Ryan worked 4.1 innings and gave up four hits in his second start of the Olympic Games. He finished with three strikeouts and one walk and surrendered a run in a no-decision. Ryder Ryan (1-0) was stellar in his relief appearance, pitching a perfect 1.2 innings to preserve the U.S. lead into the seventh to get his first win of the tournament. McGough gave up three hits and a run in his 0.1 innings of work, and Gose (1.2 innings) and Carter (1.0 innings) added a pair of strikeouts each.

Austin, Westbrook, and Lopez led the team offensively, each finishing 2-for-4 on the night. Austin and Lopez also contributed a pair of RBIs, and Alvarez (1-for-4), Westbrook, and Kolozsvary (1-for-3, 2 runs) also tallied an RBI for the U.S.

Saturday’s gold medal game will be a rematch of the quarterfinal game between Japan and Team USA, a 7-6 extra-inning victory for Japan. It will also mark the third time Japan and the U.S. have squared off in an Olympic gold medal game, with Japan winning in 1984* and the U.S. winning in 1988*. 

*Baseball was a demonstration sport in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games

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Team USA and Korea Face Off in Olympic Semifinal

August 5, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live (USA Network) YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (3-1) and Korea (3-2) will once again face-off in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a lot on the line. The winner of tonight's semifinal match-up will advance to the gold medal game

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (3-1) and Korea (3-2) will once again face-off in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a lot on the line. The winner of tonight's semifinal match-up will advance to the gold medal game to face host-country Japan, which clinched its spot with a 5-2 victory over Korea on Wednesday. The loser will be relegated to the bronze medal game to face the Dominican Republic.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on the USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, or the NBC Sports App.

Joe Ryan (1-0) will start on the mound for the U.S. and will square off against Euilee Lee (0-0). Ryan kicked-off the Olympic Games for Team USA in a 8-1 victory over Israel, striking out five in his six innings of work.

Tyler Austin (.412) and Triston Casas (.313) are in the midst of four-game hitting streaks, tallying a hit in every game of the Olympic Games. They also currently lead the tournament in slugging percentage (Austin .941; Casas .938), and Casas leads the tournament with three home runs and eight RBIs.

Saturday will mark the eighth all-time meeting against the defending gold medalists in an Olympic Games, and the stars and stripes hold a 6-1 head-to-head record in the previous six meetings. In the last meeting on July 31, the U.S. pitching staff tallied a record-tying 14 strikeouts while Casas and Nick Allen hit home runs in a 4-2 victory over Korea. The win clinched the top spot in Group B and secured a berth in the medal round for Team USA.

Nick Martinez was strong on the mound in his victory. After giving up back-to-back singles and a run to start the game, he sat down 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, striking out the side in the top of the third. Martinez scattered four hits and no walks over five innings of work and struck out nine batters to get the win. Casas led the offense with a 1-for-4 day with a two-run home run in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Allen hit a solo shot in the sixth for the eventual game-winning run before Austin added an RBI-single to put the U.S. up 4-2.

The gold medal game is set for Saturday, August 7, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT and the bronze medal game is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, at 12 p.m. JST/Friday, August 6, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

Followers are encouraged to use USA Baseball's official hashtag, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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Team USA Beats Dominican Republic to Advance to Semifinals

August 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E DR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 USA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 3 3 WP: Scott Kazmir (1-0) |  LP: Denyi Reyes (0-1) |  S: David Robertson (2)BOX
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
USA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 3 3
WP: Scott Kazmir (1-0) |  LP: Denyi Reyes (0-1) |  S: David Robertson (2)
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Tyler Austin and Triston Casas continued their powerful showings at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a pair of home runs and the U.S. pitching staff delivered in the clutch to defeat the Dominican Republic 3-1 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Wednesday.

With the win, Team USA advances to the semifinals on Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. They will face the loser of the first semifinal between Japan and Korea with a spot in the gold medal game on the line.

The U.S. jumped on the Dominican Republic starter Denyi Reyes early when Casas got the red, white, and blue on the board courtesy of his tournament-leading third home run. With Austin on first base thanks to a one-out walk, he launched a 1-1 hanging breaking ball to deep center-field to give the stars and stripes an early 2-0 lead.

The U.S. held on to its two-run lead thanks to a strong showing from starting pitcher Scott Kazmir. After escaping a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the first inning, Kazmir retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last nine he faced, allowing just a lead-off double in the third inning.

Holding on to its two-run lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Austin came to the plate with two outs and laced the first pitch he saw to dead center, giving Team USA a 3-0 cushion.

The relievers took over from there and delivered in clutch moments. Brandon Dickson survived two fielding errors to pitch a hitless sixth inning, and Scott McGough escaped giving up two hits in the top of the seventh to keep the U.S. lead at three.

Anthony Gose pitched a perfect eighth inning before handing the game over to David Robertson in the ninth. Robertson picked up the first two outs but surrendered a solo home run and a free pass in back-to-back at-bats to bring the tying run to the plate. He would respond by striking out Yefri Perez to close out the game and securing the 3-1 victory and a spot in the semifinals.

Kazmir (1-0) earned the win for the stars and stripes, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out five batters in five innings. Robertson (2) was credited with his second save of the Olympic Games. 

Offensively, the U.S. struggled on the day, collecting just three hits. Casas finished the day 1-for-3 with his two-run homer, and Austin picked up the other RBI on a 1-for-3 day with a solo shot and two runs scored. Eric Filia (1-for-2) was the only other American batter to collect a hit in the game with a single in the fourth inning.

The U.S. can play for a gold medal with a win on Thursday in the second semifinal. In its previous six Olympic Games baseball tournaments, Team USA has never failed to reach a medal game. The Dominican Republic was relegated into the bronze medal game follow the loss and will await the loser of the second semifinal.

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Team USA to Face Dominican Republic With Semifinal Spot on the Line

The winner will face the loser of Japan and Korea in the second semifinal
August 3, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-1) will face the Dominican Republic (2-2) on Wednesday, August 4, at 12 p.m. JST/Tuesday, August 3, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT with a spot in the second semifinal on the line at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-1) will face the Dominican Republic (2-2) on Wednesday, August 4, at 12 p.m. JST/Tuesday, August 3, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT with a spot in the second semifinal on the line at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament. Fans in the U.S. can watch it live on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports App.

The winner of this matchup will advance to face the loser of Japan and Korea on Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m./6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. The loser will advance directly into the bronze medal game on Saturday.

Scott Kazmir (0-0) will make his Olympic debut starting on the mound for the U.S. The Dominican Republic will give the ball to Denyi Reyes (0-0).

Wednesday's matchup will be the third all-time meeting in Olympic Games history between the two countries, with Team USA holding a 2-0 advantage.

The last match-up was during the Barcelona 1992 games when lefty Jeff Alkire hurled a complete game, two-hit shutout for Team USA in a game that was called due to run-rule in the seventh inning. Alkire faned six in the effort, his second win of the Olympic Games. Calvin Murray sparked the Americans with three hits and Chad McConnell picked up three RBIs. Jason Varitek chipped-in two hits and scored twice. Dominican starter Felix Noval suffered the loss.

Through three games in the Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament, Tyler Austin leads the team in batting average (.429), doubles (3), total bases (12), and slugging percentage (.857). Triston Casas leads the team in homers (2) and RBIs (6). The pitching staff holds a collective 2.96 ERA, a .235 batting average against, striking out 30 hitters and surrendering just eight walks.

Three-time World Series champion Scioscia leads a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

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Team USA Falls in Extra-Inning Battle to Japan

Despite the loss, the U.S. is still in content to play for a gold medal
August 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E USA  0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2 JPN 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 12 0 WP: Ryoji Kuribayashi  |  LP: Edwin Jackson  | 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
USA  0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2
JPN 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 12 0
WP: Ryoji Kuribayashi  |  LP: Edwin Jackson  |  BS: Scott McGough
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA came out on the losing end of a back-and-forth battle worthy of an Olympic Games final on Monday night, falling to Japan 7-6 in extra innings at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Despite the loss, the U.S. (2-1) is still in contention for a spot in the gold medal game on Saturday but must win its next two games to do so. The stars and stripes will face the winner of the elimination game between the Dominican Republic and Israel on Wednesday, August 4, at noon JST/Tuesday, August 3 at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT. A loss in either of its next two games would relegate Team USA into the bronze medal game.

U.S. starter Shane Baz struggled out of the gate and was chased from the game in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Japan hit a double to the centerfield wall and followed with an RBI-single to center to score the game’s first run. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and an infield single put Japan ahead 2-0 before Brandon Dickson came on and got out of the jam.

But Team USA would respond immediately. Triston Casas worked a one-out walk off Japan starter Masahiro Tanaka and Todd Frazier drove the first pitch he saw into the left-center gap to score Casas from first base. Eric Filia was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with one out before Mark Kolozsvary followed with an RBI-single to tie the game at two. Nick Allen then placed a double down the right-field line to score Filia from second to push the U.S. ahead 3-2.

Japan tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI-double; but, the stars and stripes, again, wasted no time responding. Back-to-back singles by Eddy Alvarez and Tyler Austin led off the top of the fifth to put runners on first and second with no outs and Casas coming to the plate. He connected in a big way, slamming an opposite-field three-run home run over the left-field fence to put Team USA ahead 6-3.

A solo shot to left field and an RBI-single put Japan back within one after five complete, with the red, white, and blue leading 6-5. The bullpens took over from there, exchanging outs until the bottom of the ninth. The stars and stripes turned to Scott McGough to close out the game but a walk, a single, and a tough groundout tied the game at 6-6 to force extra-innings.

The U.S. was able to advance a runner to third base on a fielder’s choice with one out in the extra-inning tie-breaker, but a lineout to left field kept Team USA off the board. Japan, however, got the job done, sacrificing both runners to second and third on a bunt before Takuya Kai came up with the walk-off single to right field to finish the game, 7-6.

Baz worked 2.2 innings in a no-decision for the U.S. He gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked three batters, and struck out one in his first appearance in the Olympic Games. Dickson was first out of the bullpen and gave up one run in his 1.1 innings of work, and he was followed by Anthony Carter, who gave up two runs in 0.1 innings.

Ryder Ryan struck out two batters in 1.1 innings of hitless relief and Anthony Gose followed with 1.1 innings of one-hit relief with a strikeout to get the U.S. into the eighth inning. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two batters before McGough suffered the blown save in the bottom of the ninth inning. Edwin Jackson was tagged with the loss, giving up the unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Four Team USA batters had multi-hit games on the evening, led by Kolozsvary (3-for-5, RBI) and Casas (2-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs). Austin continued his hot hitting in the tournament, finishing the day 2-for-5 with a run scored and Frazier had his first multi-hit game of the Olympics, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

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U.S. and Japan to Face Off in Olympic Quarterfinals

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT
August 2, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-0) will face off against host-country Japan (2-0) on Monday, August 2, in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m.

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (2-0) will face off against host-country Japan (2-0) on Monday, August 2, in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT at Yokohama Baseball Stadium and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBCOlympics.com, or the NBC Sports App.

Shane Baz (0-0) will get the start on the mound for the U.S. Japan will turn to Masahiro Tanaka (0-0).

Monday’s game will be the 10th all-time meeting against Japan in an Olympic Games. Team USA holds a 5-4 record over Japan in the previous contests and has won the last three meetings, including their last matchup in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medal game. 

Trailing 4-1 in the bronze medal game, Matthew Brown three-run home run to tie the game in the bottom half of the third inning. Brown doubled and Nate Schierholtz walked to put runners on with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Taylor Teagarden followed with a double off the right-field wall, and Jason Donald hit a two-run bomb to double-up Japan, 8-4. Kevin Jepsen came on in relief in the eighth and shut the door on Japan, securing Team USA’s second bronze medal in its Olympic history.

The winner of tonight’s game will advance to play the winner of Israel and Korea on Wednesday, August 4, at 7 p.m./6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT in the first of two semifinals. The loser will advance into the elimination bracket and play on Wednesday, August 4, at 12 p.m./Tuesday, August 3, at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT.

Through two games, Tyler Austin leads the team in batting average (.444), RBIs (4), and total bases (9) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (2) with Eddy Alvarez. The pitching staff has been stout on the mound, holding a collective 1.50 ERA, a .185 batting average against, striking out 23 hitters, and surrendering just two walks. The previous two starting pitchers for the red, white, and blue have struck out 14 batters and surrendered no walks in 11.0 innings of work.

Three-time World Series champion Scioscia leads a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

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U.S. Pitchers' Record-Tying Night Stymies Korea

Five pitchers combine to strike out 14 batters in the 4-2 victory
July 31, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E KOR  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 USA 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 X 4 6 0 WP: Nick Martinez (1-0)  |  LP: Youngpyo Ko (0-1)  |  S: David Robertson (1)BOX
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The U.S. pitching staff tallied a record-tying 14 strikeouts while Triston Casas and Nick Allen hit home runs in a 4-2 victory over Korea in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The win clinched the top spot in Group B and secured a berth in the medal round for Team USA.

The stars and stripes will have an off day on Sunday before facing the Group A winner, Japan (2-0), on Monday, August 2, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT. The winner of that match-up will advance to the first of two semifinals.

The name of the game on Saturday night was pitching. Team USA (2-0) starter Nick Martinez (1-0) was strong on the mound in his debut. After giving up back-to-back singles and a run to start the game, he sat down 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, striking out the side in the top of the third. Martinez scattered four hits and no walks over five innings of work and struck out nine batters to get the win. In their two games in the Olympic Games baseball tournament, the U.S. starting pitchers have struck out 14 batters and given up zero walks in 11 innings.

Scott McGough was first out of the pen for the Team USA in the sixth and promptly struck out two batters in his lone inning of work. Edwin Jackson struck out another two in the seventh before giving way to Anthony Gose, who faced the minimum in his 1.1 innings. David Robertson (1) came on to close the game in the ninth inning and, after giving up a run on a sacrifice fly, picked up a strikeout and cashed in on a Jack Lopez web gem to secure the 4-2 victory and tally his first save of the tournament.

The 14 strikeouts tied the U.S. Olympic team record for strikeouts in a game. Team USA also struck out 14 batters against Italy at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

Trailing 1-0, Eddy Alvarez got things started offensively for the U.S. in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking a pitch off his right leg to get on base to lead off the inning. Casas strolled up to the plate two batters later and lifted a 2-2 breaking ball down in the zone over the right field fence to give Team USA a 2-1 lead.

The stars and stripes tacked on another two runs in the fifth inning to extend their lead to three. Allen crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall with two outs to put the U.S. up 3-1, and Jamie Westbrook lined the very next pitch up the middle to chase Korea starter Youngpyo Ko (0-1) from the game. Alvarez followed with a single over the first baseman’s head to put runners on the corners before Tyler Austin hit an RBI-single up the middle to score Westbrook for the three-run lead.

Casas led the offense on the day, going 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, and scoring a run. 

Through two games, Austin leads the team in batting average (.444), RBIs (4), and total bases (9) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (2) with Alvarez. The pitching staff has been stout on the mound, holding a collective 1.50 ERA, a .185 batting average against, striking out 23 hitters, and surrendering just two walks.

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Team USA Takes on Korea in Group B Finale

Winner will face the Group A winner on Monday, August 2 in Yokohama
July 31, 2021
Game Notes |  Media Guide  |  Live Stats |  Watch Live YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (1-0) will face-off against Korea (1-0) for the top spot in Group B in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament on Saturday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Team USA (1-0) will face-off against Korea (1-0) for the top spot in Group B in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament on Saturday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBCOlympics.com, or the NBC Sports App.

Nick Martinez (0-0) will start on the mound for the U.S. and will square off against Youngpyo Ko (0-0).

Saturday will mark the seventh all-time meeting against the defending gold medalists in an Olympic Games and the stars and stripes hold a 5-1 head-to-head record in the previous six meetings. The two countries last met to open the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a narrow 8-7 victory for Korea.

"First and foremost, Korea is a terrific baseball team. They are fundamentally sound. You have to play 27 outs against them,” said Team USA Manager Mike Scioscia. “You do not want to give them any more outs. We are going to have to play very, very good defense. Those guys have a lot of very talented left-handed hitters in particular on that club, so we are going to have to make some pitches."  

The U.S. won its first game of Tokyo 2020 thanks to the big bat of Tyler Austin. Austin, who plays professionally in Yokohama, tagged three extra-base hits (a home run and two doubles) in the 8-1 win over Israel on Friday. Led by Joe Ryan, the red, white, and blue’s pitching staff combined to strike out 9 batters and gave up just one run on the night.

The winner of tonight’s game will win Group B and have a day off before playing the Group A winner on Monday, August 2, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT. The group’s runner-up will begin the knockout round in a non-elimination game on Sunday, August 1, at 7 p.m JST/6 a.m. EDT. Japan (1-0) currently leads Group A, followed by the Dominican Republic (1-1), and Mexico (0-1). Japan and Mexico face-off in the afternoon game today.

Three-time World Series champion Scioscia leads a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

Followers are encouraged to use USA Baseball's official hashtag, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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Team USA Opens Tokyo 2020 With 8-1 Victory Over Israel

Tyler Austin went 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs in the victory
July 30, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA  0 0 3 0 0 1 2  1  1 8 11 0 ISR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0  0 0 1 7 2 WP: Joe Ryan (1-0)  |  LP: Joey Wagman (0-1) |  S:
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ISR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
WP: Joe Ryan (1-0)  |  LP: Joey Wagman (0-1) |  S: N/A
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Tyler Austin went 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs, and the U.S. pitching staff struck out nine batters in an 8-1 victory over Israel in its Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 opener at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. 

The win moves Team USA (1-0) into a tie with South Korea (1-0) for first place in Group B. The two countries will meet tomorrow, Saturday, July 31, to determine the Group B winner. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT. 

After exchanging base runners in the opening two frames, Nick Allen kick-started the U.S. offense in the top of the third inning, turning over the lineup with a one-out single into right and stealing second base to put a runner in scoring position. With two outs, Eddy Alvarez stepped up and brought in the first run of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with an RBI-double perfectly placed down the left-field line. Austin then followed with an absolute rocket over the centerfield fence for a two-run shot to put the U.S. ahead 3-0.

After Israel scratched a run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo home run, the stars and stripes padded their lead by scoring runs in each of the final four innings of the game. Todd Frazier started the offense in the sixth inning thanks to an error, and a two-out, four-pitch walk to Mark Kolozsvary put runners on first and second for Bubba Starling. Starling followed with an RBI-single on a bloop hit over the outstretched hands of the shortstop in shallow left to score Frazier from second and regain the U.S. three-run lead.

Another error proved costly for Israel after Jamie Westbrook ended up on second base to lead off the seventh courtesy of a dropped fly ball in the outfield and Team USA followed with back-to-back doubles from Alvarez and Austin to push ahead 6-1. Eric Filia led off the eighth inning with a single and advanced to third base on a stolen base and a groundout. He then sped home on an RBI-groundout by Starling, and the U.S. capped its scoring in the ninth thanks to a two-out double for Austin and an RBI-single through the right side by Triston Casas.

The eight runs scored by the stars and stripes were the most scored in an Olympic opening in USA Baseball history, and more than enough for the pitching staff on Friday night.

U.S. starter Joe Ryan (1-0) was strong on the mound, striking out five Israel batters and picking up the victory in his Olympic debut. Over his six innings of work, he struck out the side in the bottom of the second and cruised through a four-pitch bottom of the fifth. Brandon Dickson, Anthony Carter, and Ryder Ryan combined in relief to toss the final three innings, striking out four batters and allowing just two hits.

Israel starter Joey Wagman (0-1) suffered the loss.

Austin, who plays professionally in Yokohama, Japan, paced the offense in his home stadium with a home run and two doubles. Alvarez (2-for-5) also tallied two doubles on the night and he and Starling (1-for-3) each contributed a pair of RBIs in the win. Filia (2-for-4) was the third U.S. player with multiple hits on the night.

Team USA will turn to Nick Martinez on the mound tomorrow in its matchup against South Korea. Youngpyo Ko gets the nod for South Korea. Fans can once again tune in by watching the stream on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Team USA to Open Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Versus Israel

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT
July 29, 2021
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The U.S. Olympic Baseball Team faces off against Israel to begin the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. EDT and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on NBCOlympics.com.

Right-hander Joe Ryan (Minnesota Twins) will get the nod on the mound for Team USA in its opener. The stars and stripes will face right-hander Joey Wagman of Israel.

Israel is making its Olympic debut after winning the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Asia Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. Team USA earned its spot in the event after finishing a perfect 4-0 in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier in June.

Three-time World Series champion Mike Scioscia will manage a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

The U.S. is in Group B with Israel and South Korea for the opening round. The three teams will go head-to-head before advancing into a bracket-style knockout round with the members of Group A (Dominican Republic, Japan, and Mexico), which begins on Sunday, August 1.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

Followers are encouraged to use USA Baseball's official hashtag, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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Pre-Olympic Baseball Tournament Press Conference

July 28, 2021
TOKYO - Team USA Manager Mike Scioscia, along with the managers of Israel, Korea, and Mexico, participated in a pre-tournament press conference for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday, July 28, at Yokohama City Hall in Yokohama, Japan. Below are quotes provided from Scioscia during the press conference. Team

TOKYO - Team USA Manager Mike Scioscia, along with the managers of Israel, Korea, and Mexico, participated in a pre-tournament press conference for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday, July 28, at Yokohama City Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

Below are quotes provided from Scioscia during the press conference.

Team USA's first game is on Friday, July 30, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT against Israel.

MIKE SCIOSCIA TRANSCRIPT:

    • On how long it has been since arriving in Tokyo, team preparation, and what it feels like to participate in the Olympic Games.
    • First, it is a great honor for me–and I know I speak for our players and coaches, too–to have the opportunity to be part of a group wearing the USA jersey in such a tremendous tournament like the Olympics. So, we are really excited about that. We had a great workout in North Carolina before we got here and played our Collegiate National Team, but once we came over here there was a little bit of a lag. We got here on July 22nd, and we do not play until the 30th, so in those eight days we have put together simulated games and we have done some high-speed drills to try to keep our guys as simulated and game conditioned as we can and let them get used to the surfaces we’re going to plan on here in Japan. 
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    • On the style of play that can be expected during the Olympic Games as it relates to a lot of discussions regarding Major League Baseball, such as home runs, bat velocities, pace of play, etc.
    • The type of game that will be played is going to depend on each individual manager and their talent. I think in just our scouting–looking at teams–there is definitely going to be some speed in this tournament. There is going to be situational hitting. I think there is a lot of things that make our game beautiful that you’ll see in this tournament. Hopefully we’re going to play good, consistent baseball and when the situation arises, I think we have the type of team that can push some of the action that you were talking about.
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    • On the strengths players on the U.S. roster with experience playing professional baseball in Japan can bring to the tournament.
    • We had a pretty big turnover from our qualifying team as we looked for players coming out of our tournament in Florida. We had the guys that we have on our team now… we had them on our radar for a long time to see if the guys playing in Japan were going to be available if we moved on. We are very fortunate to have [Nick] Martinez, [Scott] McGough, and [Tyler] Austin join our club and they will be very, very important players as we get into this tournament. They are familiar with the [Nippon Professional Baseball] league and familiar with the ballparks, and a lot of the players on the Japanese team. We haven’t seen much of the other four teams in the tournament, so they will be a help to us if we ever get dealt playing Japan. But, right now, we need production. Austin is a middle of the lineup hitter that we’re excited to have. McGough will be a big part of our bullpen and Nick Martinez is going to be one of our starters, so they are going to be very important to us.
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    • On the most important thing needed to win a short tournament like the Olympic Games.
    • Although there are a lot of things that go into winning a ball game, I think it still comes down to how well you pitch and how well you play defense. In a series like we’re going to play in the tournament, I really believe the team that pitches the best and plays the best defense has the best chance to win. That is where our focus will be. I think in playing many playoff games and playing in a couple World Series, I know how important pitching and defense becomes when you’re playing against terrific teams and when you’re playing in a format we’re going to be playing in.
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    • On the young players on the roster.
    • Yes, we have some ex-Major Leaguers playing but we are equally excited about the young talent that are playing in the Minor Leagues in the United States right now. You’re going to see some great pitchers. Shane Baz and Joe Ryan; these guys have terrific arms... Simeon Woods-Richardson. These are guys I think you’re going to hear about in the near future as they get their opportunity in the Major Leagues. Those young players are important to us. Our catcher, [Mark] Kolozsvary, is very talented and he’s only in double-A (AA). We have a group that is both veteran, experienced players that have played in the Major Leagues and young guys on their way up. So, we like our young talent, too.
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    • On communicating with MLB Clubs about the young arms on Team USA’s roster.
    • We’ve definitely communicated with every organization. Dave Wallace, our pitching coach, has been in constant communication with every organization that we have a pitcher on our team from: what their schedule is, what they are able to do, if there are any limitations on the number of pitches our guys can throw. Right now, we are very, very comfortable about their being very few restrictions on our young pitchers we have on the roster and we’ll be able to pitch them as we need them.
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Eddy Alvarez Selected as Team USA Flag Bearer for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Alvarez is the first athlete from the sport of baseball to carry the U.S. flag in the Opening Ceremony
July 21, 2021
TOKYO – U.S. Olympic Baseball Team infielder Eddy Alvarez was selected as Team USA’s flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. "To

TOKYO – U.S. Olympic Baseball Team infielder Eddy Alvarez was selected as Team USA’s flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Four-time Olympic Champion basketball player Sue Bird was also named a Team USA flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Alvarez and Bird were chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes and are the first duo to share the honor of leading the delegation into the Opening Ceremony, which serves as the official start to the Games. Of the 613 athletes who were named to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, more than 230 are set to walk in Friday’s Opening Ceremony. 

In March 2020 – and prior to the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games due to the COVID pandemic – the International Olympic Committee amended its policy to allow national teams to appoint two flag bearers – one female and one male – in a nod to promote gender parity. The IOC also required that at least one male and one female athlete be included in each of the 206 national delegations that will compete in Tokyo.

Alvarez brings Olympic experience to Tokyo having competed in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and won a silver medal as part of the 5,000-meter four-man short track speedskating team. Alvarez currently plays professionally in the Miami Marlins Minor League system and, in addition to being the first Winter Olympic Games medalist to play in Major League Baseball, is the first athlete from the sport of baseball to carry the U.S. flag in the Opening Ceremony.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as one of the flag bearers by my fellow Team USA athletes for the Opening Ceremony,” said Alvarez. “Being a first-generation Cuban-American, my story represents the American Dream. My family has sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunity to wave this flag proudly. I am grateful for my time with U.S. Speedskating and USA Baseball, as well as for all of my teammates, and I am humbled to lead Team USA into the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Determined by the language of the host country and according to IOC protocol and executive board decision, Greece will march first, followed by the Refugee Olympic Team second. As upcoming host countries, the United States and France will be two of the final three countries to walk, with host country Japan closing out the Opening Ceremony.

NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented full-day coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics this Friday, July 23. The day will culminate on NBC in what is always one of the most popular nights of the Olympics with the primetime presentation of the Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The day begins on NBC with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony at 6:55 a.m. ET/3:55 a.m. PT, followed by a special edition of TODAY with reaction and athlete interviews, and then NBC’s first-ever Olympic Daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.

Following the year-long postponement of the Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, July 23, with competition beginning today and concluding Sunday, Aug. 8.

Team USA fans can follow the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team at TeamUSA.org and across Team USA’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. The U.S. Olympic Team microsite will offer Team USA results from the Olympic Games, as well as athlete biographies, sport previews, a history book, competition schedules, and facts and figures about the U.S. delegation.

  • U.S. Olympic Team Flag Bearers – Opening Ceremony (summer only)
  • 1908: Ralph Rose, Track and Field
  • 1912: George Bonhag, Track and Field
  • 1920: Patrick McDonald, Track and Field
  • 1924: Patrick McDonald, Track and Field
  • 1928: Lemuel (Bud) Houser, Track and Field
  • 1932: F. Morgan Taylor, Track and Field
  • 1936: Alfred Jochim, Gymnastics
  • 1948: Ralph Craig, Yachting
  • 1952: Norman Armitage, Fencing
  • 1956: Norman Armitage, Fencing; Warren Wooford, Equestrian*
  • 1960: Rafer Johnson, Track and Field
  • 1964: William Parry O’Brien, Track and Field
  • 1968: Janice Lee Romary, Fencing
  • 1972: Olga Fikotova Connolly, Track and Field
  • 1976: Gary Hall, Swimming
  • 1980: U.S. did not attend
  • 1984: Edward Burke, Track and Field
  • 1988: Evelyn Ashford, Track and Field
  • 1992: Francie Larrieu Smith, Track and Field
  • 1996: Bruce Baumgartner, Wrestling
  • 2000: Cliff Meidl, Canoe/Kayak
  • 2004: Dawn Staley, Basketball
  • 2008: Lopez Lomong, Track and Field
  • 2012: Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
  • 2016: Michael Phelps, Swimming
  • 2020: Eddy Alvarez, Baseball; Sue Bird, Basketball

 

*Due to Australia’s immigration laws for horses, the 1956 equestrian events were held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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U.S. Olympic Team Wraps Up Training with 5-2 Win

Casas homers, drives in three in final tune-up before Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 0 CNT 2 0 0 1 0 0 2  0  X 5 11 0 Win: Shane Baz  |  Loss: Nate Savino  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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Win: Shane Baz  |  Loss: Nate Savino  |  Save: David Robertson
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CARY, N.C. – Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox AA) drove in three runs on Tuesday, including a first-inning two-run homer, as the U.S. Olympic Team took down the Collegiate National Team, 5-2, in its final tune-up game before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.                                                                                     

The Collegiate National Team cracked the scoreboard early, striking first on a solo homer by Brooks Lee (Cal Poly). Lee turned on the second pitch of the game, cranking it over the wall in right field to put the Collegiate National Team up 1-0.

After Simeon Woods-Richardson (Toronto Blue Jays AA) struck out the next three batters, the Olympic Team responded in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and Todd Frazier on first, Casas launched a two-run shot to center field to put the Olympic Team in front, 2-1.

Woods-Richardson continued his dominance in the second inning, striking out the side for the second consecutive inning. The Olympic Team then threatened with two runners on in the bottom of the frame, but Parker Messick (Florida State) escaped the trouble to keep the deficit at one.

In the top of the third, Woods-Richardson recorded his seventh-straight strikeout to open the inning. But three consecutive singles by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss), Lee, and Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) got through to tie the game at two runs apiece.

The Olympic Team nearly took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally against Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) when Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) and Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds AA) both singled to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. But Campbell managed to escape the jam when he got Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) to line out.

After Shane Baz (Tampa Bay Rays AAA) replaced Woods-Richardson and put up a scoreless frame in the fourth, the Olympic Team jumped back in front in the bottom of the inning. Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) led off with a double before Frazier brought him home with a two-out single to right field, making it 3-2 in favor of the Olympic Team.

The game’s middle innings were dominated by pitching. Baz scattered a pair of hits in the fifth frame, but picked up a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work. Nate Savino (Virginia) held the Olympic Team scoreless in the fifth to keep the Collegiate Team within a run. 

Anthony Gose (Cleveland Indians AAA) turned in a scoreless inning in the seventh before the Olympic Team added a pair of insurance runs. Casas once again showed off his power, tripling off the wall in center field to drive in Frazier. Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers AAA) followed with an infield single to plate Casas and make it a 5-2 game before David Robertson came in and picked up the save for the second straight day, striking out the side in the game’s final inning to secure the series sweep for the Olympic Team.

Baz picked up the win with three scoreless innings, striking out six as part of five scoreless innings by the Olympic Team bullpen. Casas’ 2-for-5 performance was one of five multi-hit games for the Olympic Team. Allen, Filia, Frazier, and Westbrook all collected two hits in the win.

Savino suffered the loss for the Collegiate National Team, allowing the go-ahead run in two innings of work. Brooks Lee led the team’s offensive attack, picking up three hits and an RBI. Daniel Susac (Arizona) also turned in a multi-hit game for the Collegiate National Team, collecting two hits in the game.

This series wraps up the 2021 Collegiate National Team’s summer tour following an 11-game series from June 2-15 before the squad went head-to-head with the Olympic Team. Following this three-game exhibition series, the Olympic Team will travel to Japan on Wednesday, July 21, and will participate in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 23. Team USA’s first game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for July 30 against Israel at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT

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U.S. Olympic Team Wins Pitcher's Duel Over Collegiate National Team, 1-0

Nick Martinez strikes out nine in five shutout innings for the win
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Team USA  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 CNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 Win: Nick Martinez  |  Loss: Jaxon Wiggins  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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Win: Nick Martinez  |  Loss: Jaxon Wiggins  |  Save: David Robertson
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The U.S. Olympic Team's patience paid off in a 1-0 win over the Collegiate National Team on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the second game of a three-game exhibition series. Nick Martinez (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks) led the Olympic Team on the mound in the pitcher’s duel, tossing five shutout innings while striking out nine batters.

After neither offense could get anything going in the first, the Collegiate National Team were the first to get the bats going in the second inning when Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) hit a leadoff-single into left. Cross moved over to third on a one-out single from Logan Tanner (Mississippi State), but a strikeout and pop out got Martinez out of the jam.

After a couple of walks in the first three frames, the Olympic Team got its first hit of the game in the fourth inning on a double from Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) down the left field line. One batter later, Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out, but southpaw Chris Villaman (NC State) got out of the jam with a flyout and a strikeout.

The Olympic Team threatened once again in the fifth, loading the bases with a pair of walks and an error, but the Collegiate National Team was able to escape unscathed, after Jaxon Wiggins got a flyout to end the inning.

Using defense as momentum, the Collegiate National Team got back-to-back singles off the bats of Robert Moore (Arkansas) and Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss). Martinez then got the next two batters to strike out swinging to strand the runners.

The Olympic Team finally broke through to bring its first and only run across in the sixth, rallying with two outs when Tim Federowicz (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA) and Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) got consecutive singles and Jack Lopez (Boston Red Sox AAA) drew a walk to load the bases before Eddy Alvarez (Miami Marlins AA) drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run.

That was all the Olympic Team bullpen would need as they did not allow a hit in the final four frames. Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo) pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, while Ryder Ryan (Texas Rangers AAA) and David Robertson each tossed scoreless innings. Ryder struck out the side in the eighth while Robertson collected a lineout and two punchouts of his own to earn the save.

Martinez got the win in the contest and collected nine of the Olympic Team’s 17 strikeouts. Nick Allen led the way for the Olympic Team offense with two hits while Filia, Alvarez, and Lopez all drew two walks. Collectively, Team USA tallied eight walks in the game. Gavin Cross was the Collegiate National Team’s offensive leader, collecting two of the team’s five hits in the game. Wiggins suffered the loss, but the Collegiate National Team pitching staff combined for eight strikeouts in the contest.

The three-game series will conclude tomorrow with an afternoon contest at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT and the game will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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GAMEDAY: Collegiate and Olympic National Teams Square Off In Durham

July 19, 2021
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The U.S. Olympic Baseball Team faces off against the Collegiate National Team in game two of a three-game exhibition series to prepare Team USA for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sunday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

The game is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at online or at the Durham Bulls ticket booth. Fans can watch the game online on the official website for USA Baseball, as well as on Facebook Live.

Team USA took the series opener with an 8-3 victory over the Collegiate National Team. Eddy Alvarez and Patrick Kivlehan contributed home runs for the Olympic Team while Scott Kazmir picked up the win on the mound. Jacob Berry (LSU) also hit a home run in the game for the Collegiate National Team. Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) suffered the loss.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

- July 19, 2021 – 6:35 p.m. EDT
Team USA vs. Collegiate National TeamDurham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.) // Tickets

- July 20, 2021 – 1 p.m. EDT
Collegiate National Team vs. Team USA
USA Baseball National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.) // Tickets

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U.S. Olympic Team Opens Exhibition Series With 8-3 Win Over Collegiate National Team

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Cary
July 18, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT  0 0 0 2 0 0 1 X  X 3 7 0 Team USA  5 3 0 0 0 0 X  X X 8 9 0 Win: S. Kazmir  |  Loss: G. Hughes Box Score |  Plays  CARY, N.C.
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Team USA  5 3 0 0 0 0 X  X X 8 9 0
Win: S. Kazmir  |  Loss: G. Hughes
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CARY, N.C. – The U.S. Olympic Team kicked off a three-game series against the Collegiate National Team on Sunday night, tuning up for their trip to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with an 8-3 win in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Playing against the country’s top collegiate players, the Olympic Team scored eight runs in the game's first two innings and got five strong innings from starter Scott Kazmir (AAA San Francisco Giants) to secure the series-opening win.

The Olympic Team got started early, with the first three batters reaching base. Jack Lopez (AAA Boston Red Sox) led off the inning with a walk, before Eddy Alvarez (AAA Miami Marlins) and Todd Frazier followed with back-to-back singles. Collegiate National Team starter Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) nearly escaped a bases-loaded jam, but Eric Filia’s (AAA Seattle Mariners) two-run single started a two-out rally for the Olympic Team. With a pair of runners on, Patrick Kivlehan (AAA San Diego Padres) cranked a three-run homerun to left field to put the Olympic Team up by five runs in the opening frame.

Kazmir, who struck out the side in the top of the first, continued to dominate in the second inning. The left-hander struck out the first two batters of the second – his fourth and fifth of nine punchouts in the game – in a perfect inning to keep the Olympians up by five.

The Olympic Team offense stayed hot in the second inning, extending its lead to six on a Lopez sacrifice fly. Then, one batter later, Alvarez hit a two-run homer to center field, driving in Nick Allen (AA Oakland A's) to make it 8-0.

After the early offensive outburst, the Olympic Team was held at bay by the Collegiate National Team bullpen. Paul Skenes (Air Force) tossed two scoreless frames in relief, scattering three hits before the Collegiate National Team finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth on a two-run homer by Jordan Berry (LSU). Berry drove in Brock Jones (Stanford) – who led off the inning with a single – to put the Collegiate National Team within six.

The college squad then trimmed its deficit by one more in the top of the seventh against Edwin Jackson. Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) started the inning with a leadoff bunt single before Kyle Teel (Virginia) and Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) hit back-to-back singles to make it 8-3. Anthony Gose (AAA Cleveland) replaced Jackson though and was able to escape further trouble with a strikeout and groundout to secure the win.

The Olympic Team had nine hits in the win. Kivlehan had a pair of hits, leading the team with three RBIs. Alvarez went 3-for-4 in the win, adding two singles and a stolen base to his homer and Allen reached base in all three of his plate appearances, singling once and walking twice. Kazmir secured the win with his strong five innings of work, finishing the night with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits and a pair of runs.

Aaron Nixon (Texas) and Jack Washburn both turned in a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Collegiate National Team. Gilbert led the team with two hits, while Berry’s two RBIs were a team-best.

The three-game series will continue with game two on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET. The contest will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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